Motorcycle thefts drop in 2017

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Motorcycle theft in Australia has recorded a drop of 3.6% in 2017 from 8335 to 8038 and down 3% on five years ago, mainly due to lower demand for motorcycles.

It’s good news for motorcyclists, yet it’s only half the drop of total vehicle thefts across the nation in the 12 months to December.

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Some 52,858 vehicles were stolen in 2017, which was down 7%. Passenger cars and light commercials were also down 7% to 42,592, according to figures from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

Council executive director Ray Carroll says the total vehicle decrease was largely the result of a significant fall in Victoria, down 21.7% from 19,572 to 15,332.

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Ray says the drop in motorcycle theft was a result of the decreasing demand for bikes in the wake of the mining downturn in WA.

The theft decrease also follows a significant 9.3% decline in motorcycle sales in 2017.

Biggest increase in bike theft was in NSW which was up 188 to 1673 (12.7%), while the biggest decrease was in Victoria down 250 to 2006 (-11.1%) followed by Western Australia down 220 (10.2%).

Victoria still accounts for the most motorcycle thefts at 2006 or exactly one-quarter of all bike thefts.

Five years ago, WA accounted for one in three motorcycle thefts in Australia, but it is now down to one in four (24.2%). However, it still accounts for the second-highest number of thefts.

Third is NSW, followed by Queensland with 1673, up 185 to 1673 or 12.7%.

Motorcycle theft 2016 to 2017

State or Territory 2016 2017 % change
Thefts Thefts
ACT 98
1.2
125
1.6
27.6% 
NSW 1,485
17.8
1,673
20.8
12.7% 
NT 127
1.5
125
1.6
-1.6% 
QLD 1,487
17.8
1,525
19.0
2.6% 
SA 614
7.4
519
6.5
-15.5% 
TAS 105
1.3
122
1.5
16.2% 
VIC 2,256
27.1
2,006
25.0
-11.1% 
WA 2,163
26.0
1,943
24.2
-10.2% 
AUS 8,335 100.0 8,038 100.0 -3.6% 

Motorcycle theft 2013 to 2017

State or Territory 2013 2017 % change
Thefts Thefts
ACT 83
1.0
125
1.6
50.6% 
NSW 1,467
17.7
1,673
20.8
14.0% 
NT 170
2.0
125
1.6
-26.5% 
QLD 1,466
17.6
1,525
19.0
4.0% 
SA 511
6.2
519
6.5
1.6% 
TAS 107
1.3
122
1.5
14.0% 
VIC 1,691
20.4
2,006
25.0
18.6% 
WA 2,813
33.9
1,943
24.2
-30.9% 
AUS 8,308 100.0 8,038 100.0 -3.2% 

Theft hot spots

Riders in South East Queensland and the Perth region are likely to be paying the most on insurance premiums as they are hot posts for motorcycle thieves.

Of the top 10 local authorities according to bike thefts, SEQ has half.

Motorcycle thefts by Local Government Areas

State or Territory LGA 2016 2017 % change
QLD Brisbane (City) 250 270 8.0% 
QLD Gold Coast (City) 215 225 4.7% 
VIC Melbourne (City) 184 176 -4.3% 
WA Rockingham (City) 127 145 14.2% 
VIC Port Phillip (City) 134 139 3.7% 
WA Stirling (City) 183 129 -29.5% 
QLD Logan (City) 126 127 0.8% 
ACT Greater ACT 98 124 26.5% 
QLD Moreton Bay (Regional Council) 143 116 -18.9% 
QLD Sunshine Coast (Regional Council) 62 111 79.0% 

Most stolen motorcycles

Honda sells the most bikes, so they always rate the highest with the other three Japanese models closely behind.

However, the fifth top seller, Harley-Davidson, is beaten to fourth place by KTM.

This is because thieves are more likely to take lower-capacity bikes and dirt bikes which are lighter and easier to steal.

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Top motorcycle theft targets

Make 2016 2017
Honda 1,660 1,683
Yamaha 1,508 1,448
Kawasaki 830 726
Suzuki 742 721
KTM 485 548
Harley Davidson 232 208
Piaggio 162 174
Hyosung 215 171
SYM 151 167
Triumph 179 158
Longjia 166 129
Husqvarna 108 124
Kymco 129 110
Ducati 109 96
TGB 94 92
Aprilia 81 74
Vespa 87 73
Vmoto 83 73
Adly 93 72
Bolwell 69 72

Motorcycle thefts by cubic capacity

Cubic capacity 2016 % of thefts 2017 % of thefts
50 cc or less 943
11.3
795
9.9
51 – 100 cc 120
1.4
106
1.3
101 – 150 cc 804
9.6
829
10.3
151 – 200 cc 130
1.6
153
1.9
201 – 250 cc 1,024
12.3
995
12.4
251 – 500 cc 1,015
12.2
1,018
12.7
501 – 750 cc 905
10.9
757
9.4
751 – 1000 cc 455
5.5
427
5.3
1001 cc or more 300
3.6
302
3.8
Unknown 2,639
31.7
2,656
33.0

2 Comments

  1. Not one BMW on the list. It would appear that engine immobilisers and other anti-theft devices make a big difference, along with the fact that there are no small BMW’s.

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